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Thu, Aug 8, 2019

Double Feature! Ahmad Kiarostami In Person!

Program begins with the short “The Chorus” (1982, 17 min. Dir. Abbas Kiarostami.) This meditation on the contrasts of silence and sound follows an old man strolling the noisy streets of Rasht and relaxing at home both with and without his hearing aid.

Introduction by Abbas Kiarostami’s son, Ahmad Kiarostami.
2012, IFC Films, 109 min, Japan/France, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

In this spare, haunting drama, an old man (Tadashi Okuno) and a young woman (Rin Takashi) meet in Tokyo. She knows nothing about him, he thinks he knows her. He welcomes her into his home, she offers him her body. But the web that is woven between them in the space of 24 hours goes way beyond that of a part-time call girl and a grandfatherly client. “It’s a thing of beauty with a heart of darkness; the surfaces have never been so alluring, so enticing, so literally lovely. Yet the world [Kiarostami] depicts is one of surveillance and fear, coercion and rejection, pain and renunciation, danger and violence.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker.

2017, Janus Films, 116 min, Iran/France, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging the two art forms to which he had dedicated his life. Setting out to reconstruct the moments immediately before and after a photograph is taken, Kiarostami selected 24 still images - most of them stark landscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife - and digitally animated them into subtly evolving 4 1/2-minute vignettes, creating a series of poignant studies in movement, perception and time. A sustained meditation on the process of image making, 24 FRAMES is a graceful and elegiac farewell from one of the giants of world cinema.

LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE in Japanese with English subtitles. | Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Thu, Aug 8, 2019 • 7:30pm

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